Archive for October 17, 2016

Multi Media using Gelli Plate Backgrounds

I am currently visiting a friend in London, Ontario. One of my favorite craft suppliers is SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals, and the owner, Sheila suggested that I come down and take a multi-media class with guest artist – Karen Ellis from The Art House Studio.

We spent the first part of the class learning how to make our own papers using a Gelli Plate. While I was not so sure about this technique, it soon became very additive. Next we tore up shapes (flower petals, leaves, vase, background strips) using the papers we created. The final step was to arrange and glue down the papers to create a multi-media painting.

Here is my final result:



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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 385 – 13th of October – Tri-fold Card with Tag Insert

DTbadgeThis week, we challenge you to make a tri-fold card with tag insert. Once again, if you want to see what a  tri-fold card looks like, I would suggest you run a search through google or Pinterest. For my card I used the Baby and Snowman digi stamp by Pink Gem Designs. I also used Stampin’ Up’s Embossing folder – Northern Flurries, and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

Closed Card Front



Left Flap Opened


Both Flaps opened


Another View. I coloured the tag insert for a boy or a girl.trifold3

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Color Challenge – Gray, Soft Blue, Soft Green

This week’s challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is to create a card using Gray, Soft Blue, and Soft Green.


Close ups of the salt texture effect

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I started my card by creating a fun watercoloured background. I taped a 5 x 7 shets of Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper on a clipboard. With a large brush I coated the paper with clear water. Next I sprayed a puddle of Salty Ocean ans Cracked Pistachio Distress stains on my craft mat. To achieve a “soft” colour effect, I added a fair amount of water to the stains before I brushed the colours on the blank watercolour paper. Once I achieved the colour saturation I wanted I sprinkled some regular table salt and course salt sea on the still wet paper. I set aside to dry. The salt draws in the moisture and  leaves an interesting pattern similar to frost on a window.

While the watercolour paper dried, I stamped Snowy by Penny Black on Neenah Solar white 80lb paper with Momento Black Ink. I coloured him with T0, T2, T4 Neutral Copic Markers. I also added a little clear Wink of Stella to his hat and scarf.

Once the watercolour paper was dry, I brushed off the salt, cut the paper down to 5.25 x 4, and layered it on top of a green card stock 5.375 x 4.125, and next a blue card stock 5.5 x 4.25, added a grey and soft blue bow, and finally on a A2 card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I entered my card into The 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Color Challenge

UPDATE: I received an Honourable Mention for my card in the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

Old World Santa

Today I made an old fashion vintage card for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #217 {Retro/Vintage}

I started with my new Tim Holtz’s Rubber Stamp HOLIDAY COLLAGE Santa made by Stampers Anonymous – #U2-1106. I stamped him in black, then using antique linen, vintage photo, and brushed corduroy distress inks I blended the ink to the center. I used paper from my stash, including DCWV’s burlap paper for texture. For added fun, I  used some red stickles to accent the holly berries.

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Another Wonderful Class with Heather Telford

On October 1, 2016 my friend Ruby and I were able to enjoy another fabulous class with Heather Telford. Heather is an extremely talented card makers and on the Penny Black Design Team. Every time I take one of her classes I learn something new.

These are the cards we made in class.

heathers-classHeather supplies everything we need to make the cards, plus gives us detailed instructions. I had purchased the Penny Black –  ‘Cones & Berries‘ stamp and ‘Berry Kissed‘ stamp so I was able to recreate the cards at home. I don’t have a pine bough stamp or the stocking die so I used the Impression Obsession Pine Branch Die DIE021-N and Simon Says Stamp HOLLY ORNAMENT Wafer Die s321. The cards below are ones I made at home.



Note: I didn’t post the directions to how to make these cards out of respect for the instructor. To learn more about Heather check out her blog. She has some wonderful tutorials and inspiring cards.